Garlic and Sesame Sauteed Asparagus
Sauteed asparagus is simple and easy to make as well as a healthy and delicious veggie the whole family can enjoy. It is also the perfect side dish to serve with a big meal. The sprinkle of garlic, lemon and sesame makes these flavorful, aromatic, and refreshing. The best part these take only 10 minutes to make.
Adding a few extra veggies to the table is my way of getting a more healthy and balanced diet in our home. My family loves veggies and I exploit that as much as I can. As you can see in the image above. I have served my cherry tomato mozzarella salad with some maple roasted radishes and these sautéed asparagus. We do eat meat but I make one meat dish, a few veggies and often a salad too.
Asparagus is one of my favorite greens. But they are expensive here, unlike in the US. I still buy them, but not as often as we did in the US. I love roasted Asparagus, but these sauteed take just 10 minutes too. Did you know that Asparagus is low in cholesterol?
About these sauteed asparagus
These sauteed asparagus is a no-fuss recipe with just a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes cooking. This is also the perfect side dish you can have with a big meal or alongside a big roast dinner like roast chicken, roast ribs, or roast lamb.
For flavor, we have just used some garlic and lemon, and that is really all you need with asparagus. The sesame seeds add a nice crunch but are very healthy.
Ingredients and substitutes (Save/Pin)
- Asparagus - In some places, asparagus is still a spring time vegetable, but I get it almost year-round. Unfortunately, not cheap at any particular time, and yet, it's nice that it is available. If you can't use asparagus, you can use the exact same recipe to make my sesame green beans.
Cleaning asparagus - Asparagus is a very delicate and versatile vegetable. And yet, it can also be quite dirty with mud and other dirt stuck to it. So, always wash it clean before you use it. Some groceries do a good job or making them presentable for sale. But, it's always best to clean each and every stem under cold running water, rubbing with your hands to remove any dirt that you see. Place them in a bowl of water (if necessary hot water) to remove anything that may be stuck in between the small leaves.
- Sesame Seeds - These have a very nutty taste with a slight crunch, extremely beneficial to your health as well. Adding it to your veggies is always a great way to eat them. I love toasting them for a few seconds before adding them as it really helps bring out the flavor even more.
- Lemon juice - This helps bring out the flavors, but does not make the dish lemony. If you like a more lemony taste, just add more lemon.
Useful Tips and Tools
- I like to use my cast-iron pan. But, any heavy bottom sauté pan works just fine.
- And, a utility knife works best to thinly slice the cabbage.
- Also, a flat spatula is best to toss the cabbage when sauteeing.
How to make sauteed asparagus with garlic and sesame (Save/Pin)
- Rinse and trim the woody parts of the asparagus.
- In a saute pan, add sesame seeds and lightly toast them - remove and set aside.
- To the same pan, add olive oil and garlic - 30 seconds.
- Then, add the asparagus - and mix well.
- Add 1/4 cup water and cover with a lid for 3 minutes (no more than 3 minutes).
- Remove lid - add salt and pepper.
- Continue to cook for a further 5 minutes until the asparagus is tender but still has a bite - Al Dante'.
- Lastly, add the lemon juice and sesame seeds. Combine well.
Sautéed Asparagus with garlic and sesame seeds - 10 minutesPrint Pin Rate
- 450 grams (1.00 lb) Asparagus
- 1 clove Garlic minced
- 1 tbsp Olive oil extra virgin
- 2 tbsp Sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp Lemon juice
- Rinse and trim woody parts of the asparagus
- In a saute pan add sesame seeds and lightly toast them - remove and set aside.
- To the same pan add olive oil and garlic - 30 seconds
- Then add the asparagus - mix well
- Add 1/4 cup water and cover with a lid for 3 minutes (no more than 3 minutes)
- Remove lid - add salt and pepper,
- Continue to cook for a further 5 minutes until the asparagus is tender but still has a bite - Al Dante'
- Lastly, add the lemon juice and sesame seeds. Combine well.
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Frequently asked questions
Like most veggies once sauteed these asparagus will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
Not long. Similar to green beans asparagus also takes about 8 to 10 minutes
Yes, garlic and sesame seeds are very versatile with most veggies. You can see I have also made sauteed green beans with garlic and sesame seeds.
If you cover green veggies for long when they are cooking they will lose their bright green color. As you can see I have covered these sauteed asparagus for only three minutes to expedite cooking, any more than that and you will lose color.
Choosing asparagus is crucial. You want to choose tender, nice looking pieces. When cleaning you want to break the tough woody part of the stems as those do not become soft.
I prefer side-dishes to be easy but also not loaded with fat or cream. Here are some of my favorites
Oven-Baked Potato Wedges or Oven-Baked Potato Chips
Leek Potato Patties or Tuna or Tuna Potato Patties
Easy Swiss Chard Patties or Spinach Potato Patties
Roasted Lemon Dill Potatoes or lemon rosemary roast potatoes, skinny mashed potatoes
Baked carrot sticks or Baked butternut squash sticks.
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